Friday, June 24, 2016

Stop depicting shooting as racial issue, says Baru

June 24, 2016, Friday Samuel Aubrey, reporters@theborneopost.com

KUCHING: PKR Sarawak chief Baru Bian has called for a stop to social media posts depicting the late Bill Kayong @ Mohd Hasbie Abdullah murder as a racial issue.

He said the focus on the case should be on the crime, and not on any other matters which can only add to the frustration of the deceased’s family members and friends.

“Everyone is anxious to find answers and for the matter to be resolved as soon as possible. We’d just like to ask people to be calm, and be rational about the whole thing.

“We don’t want this matter to be referred to as racial issue, especially on social media, so let us focus on the fact that this is criminal in nature.

“We are appealing for calm in the midst of all this anxiety. We know this has been very frustrating to family members and close friends and we hope the police will really do their best,” Baru said at a press conference today (June 24).

Baru, who is also Ba Kelalan assemblyman, was referring to posts on social media, especially in Facebook pages, which contained racist remarks.

He also called on the state government to make some kind of stand regarding the case, including to respond to suggestions for a reward to be offered to witnesses to assist with the investigations.

“We understand the Chief Minister is the chairman of the State Security Council, and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan is chairman of the state MCPF (Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation). We have not heard any statement from them thus far.

“We would like to hear from them too because this involves the state of Sarawak. I’m sure they too are very concerned with the crime rate and activities in the state.

“Probably it would be good for them to make some kind of stand on the matter or even (the suggestion of a) reward,” he said.

The PKR Miri branch secretary and Native Customary Rights (NCR) activist was gunned down in his car while he waiting at the traffic light interchange at the Kuala Baram bypass on June 21.

He was laid to rest at the Muslim cemetery in Lusut, Miri today.

BARU BIAN: DENIAL BY MIRI POLICE CHIEF EXPECTED STANDARD ANSWER


PRESS STATEMENT
24 JUNE 2016

I refer to the statement by the Miri Police Chief ACP Junaidi Bujang that the police in Miri have not been able to act against the gangsters in Miri for their acts of violence and intimidation because of lack of evidence. This is the answer that we totally expected him to give and true to form, he did not disappoint.

“Lack of sufficient evidence” may be a reasonable excuse if there had been only one or two incidences but it is totally unacceptable in the long drawn out saga of the victimization of the Bekelit villagers during which numerous reports have been lodged.

Now we invite the ACP to deny knowledge of the following:

1.   In Dec 2014, a fully armed contingent of 80 police personnel led by the then Miri district police chief ACP Gan Tian Kee destroyed the blockade as well as the “piring” (ingredients of religious rituals).
2.  After TR Jambai’s house and car were firebombed, the gangsters employed by the company admitted to the crime, apologized and repaired the car and house.
3.   In one incident, the gangsters drove a car into the village and tried to run some villagers down. They were chased out on foot, and the car they left behind was found to be registered to the company. No charges were made by the police.
4.  In another incident, 2 cars chased the car TR Jambai was driving in Miri town. They rammed TR Jambai’s car, which caused it to turn over. TR Jambai’s wife and daughter who were in the car escaped injury but when TR Jambai got of of his car, he was slashed with a samurai sword. The two cars used by the gangsters which were left behind when they fled were also registered to the same company. Again, no charges were laid.
5.   Bill Kayong had received a phone call from the gangster (whom he knew) threatening to kill him for recording an offer of money he had made to Bill to negotiate with the villagers. Bill had played the recording to the villagers and the gangster found out about it. A report was lodged but nothing was done by the police. [Dr Michael Teo has also received death threats from the same gangster.]
6.  In the last incident, the assistant manager of the plantation had gone to Sungei Bekelit with 2 plainclothes immigration officer and 1 police officer where they threatened the villagers with 2 pistols. They were outnumbered by the villagers who arrested them and held them, until a group of people, including Bill, went and calmed the situation. It was reported that in their statements to the police, the intruders acknowledged that it was Bill who ‘saved’ them and provided them with food and drink. The immigration and police officers are reported to have admitted that the company paid them RM5,000.00 each for their help.
Can the ACP deny knowledge of these incidents? If not, can he tell us what had been done by the police following these incidents? Can he honestly say these victims could not identify the suspects? Can he deny knowledge that the gangsters had repaired the TR’s house and car after the firebomb? Can he deny that there were many potential witnesses to the incidents who could identify the suspects? Can he deny that the cars involved were all registered to the company?
Can we ask to see the investigation papers and reports for the incidents involving the Bekelit NCR land, which have been going on since 2008? Surely after so many years, the police must know what is going on? It is their job to keep the peace and protect the people. It is their job to know what is going on in the areas under their watch. We need a better explanation from the ACP than “lack of sufficient evidence”.
Baru Bian
Chairman
PKR Sarawak








BILL KAYONG: A POLITICAL ASSASINATION?


PRESS STATEMENT
22 JUNE 2016

The assassination of Bill Kayong yesterday must not be allowed to become yet another unsolved case in the police files of Sarawak. We are extremely concerned at the level of violence that has crept into our society against politicians and social activists. To find the motive, the police must look at Bill’s activities as a member of PKR and PEDAS, which have been widely shared on social media and reported in the press. Bill’s death may be linked to these two facets of his life.

Bill was a well-known politician and stood as a PKR candidate in Bekenu during the recent Sarawak Elections. He was also well-known as the political secretary of Dr Michael Teo, MP for Miri. As the secretary of PEDAS, Bill was active in the defence of native land rights and often stood up for longhouse residents against encroachment by timber and plantation companies.

Threats against politicians, lawyers and activists are real, especially for those who speak up against land encroachment. Last year, Dr Michael Teo was assaulted and seriously injured in front of his office by an assailant, but the case was never solved and no one was brought to justice for the crime. A few years ago, a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the compound of See Chee How’s house by an unknown thug. It was reported that Bill had received calls warning him not to get involved in land cases. Chee How, Abun Sui and I have also received such calls.

The police and the Sarawak government must not remain inactive over the violence related to NCR land cases. In Melikin, Surik Muntai, who was fighting for his land rights, was viciously attacked and crippled by gangsters in 2013. One of the assailants was identified as a worker for the politically-connected plantation company in the area, and despite the police discovering a stash of weapons at the workers’ quarters, to date, there has been no justice for Surik. No one has been held accountable for this crime.

In Bekelit, TR Jambai has been fighting for his land since 2008 and in that time, he has had his house and car burnt and he was beaten and slashed with a samurai sword last year. The plantation company that is involved is also connected to powerful persons, and again, no one has been brought to justice for the crimes against TR Jambai. In fact, the latest incident that Bill Kayong was involved in was at Bekelit in April, where there was a confrontation between the villagers and the assistant manager of the plantation who was accompanied by plainclothes police officers and immigration officers.

There have been countless police reports lodged over these two cases but the police are remarkably unconcerned about making arrests and filing charges. Is it any wonder that the public has lost confidence in the local police? Whether it is true or not, the public perception is that they are compromised. For this reason, we welcome the announcement by the IGP that a Special Taskforce has been formed to investigate Bill’s murder, and we request that no local police officers be involved as far as possible, to give the perception of independence.

The shooting of Bill Kayong is not just another random shooting. The police must not discount political involvement. In any case, the government must relook their policies and practices of issuing timber licences and provisional leases, which have caused much unhappiness and hardship to the natives. The problems arising from these policies – corporate greed, corruption and contempt for native rights - are the reason that people like Bill Kayong and the rest of us carry on fighting for the landowners against the companies and the government.

As an urgent measure and to prevent further violence and loss of life, the government must immediately look for a viable and effective process for quick resolution to all NCR disputes. The CJSS Tan Sri Richard Malanjum had proposed that a Land Commission be set up, and we again voice our support for his proposal. I call upon the Chief Minister to act upon this suggestion immediately.

We must not let Bill’s struggle and his ultimate sacrifice be in vain.

Baru Bian
Chairman
PKR Sarawak











Tuesday, June 21, 2016

BILL KAYONG: A SHOCKING SENSELESS DEATH


PRESS STATEMENT
21 JUNE 2016

My party members and I were shocked to hear about the death of our loyal member Bill Kayong this morning at the hands of a killer. Words cannot begin to express the sorrow and outrage we feel that Bill was so brutally and coldly shot and killed.

Bill was a vocal activist for the natives of Sarawak, fearless in his passion about native land rights. He was a young man zealously pursuing justice for the people and was very outspoken against any kind of discrimination or unfairness in our society. He was an active member of PKR and was the secretary of our Miri branch. Bill stood as our candidate for Bekenu in the recent Sarawak Elections. He was a man with a mission and had so much more to experience and contribute. We have lost a loyal comrade and a good friend, and Dr Michael Teo, his trusted aide.

We are waiting for details about this heinous crime and I urge the police to be relentless in their investigations so that the culprits can be brought to justice.

We offer our deepest sympathy to Bill’s family for their loss. Bill’s young children can be proud of the dedicated and committed man their father was. We pray that the family will find the strength and fortitude to bear this unimaginable grief.

We thank Bill for being part of the PKR family and for journeying with us thus far. We will miss him.

Baru Bian
Chairman
PKR Sarawak


BARU BIAN: AMBIGA SREENEVASAN SPOT ON


PRESS STATEMENT
20 JUNE 2016

I have read the open letter from Ambiga Sreenevasan to the UTM vice-chancellor Wahid Omar and I thank her for putting into words what many Malaysians believe to be true about brainwashing and racist supremacist attitudes.

UTM must investigate how this came about and take steps to correct this unhealthy trend, as pointed out by Ambiga. However, to take it one more step, I would suggest that the Minister of Education read her letter and consider implementing her suggestions, so that we can start to reverse the rot that beset the education system years ago.

Ambiga is correct to say that this is not an isolated incident, contrary to what the VC had said. It is a reflection of what many higher institutions of education are faced with. Many of us believe that this brainwashing and supremacist trend is widespread in this country; it just happens that not all have come to light. The anti-Christian lecture at UiTM which appeared to have been repeated even after protests by non-Muslim groups, and even having a police officer as a speaker, is but one example. What about the many anecdotes of government-sanctioned BTN brainwashing sessions, which are aimed at inculcating the racist supremacist mentality? What about the controversy over the Form 1 history text book about the arrival of the Portugese in Melaka?

Other incidences that need to be taken seriously are allegations of research fraud and plagiarism at our higher education institutions; the Ministry must appoint independent and qualified individuals to investigate all these incidences and heed their recommendations. Most importantly, we need to make sure our history syllabus is accurate and fair, without distortion and bias. This basic foundation that is provided in our schools plays a huge role in forming the attitudes of our young. No one is a born racist – one is taught to be one.

Our education system, for both lower and higher education, has serious flaws which must be addressed now. We need an Education policy that is consistent and free from the flip-flopping which we have seen with each new Education Minister. Viewing what is happening in Peninsula Malaysia, Sarawakians have good reason to urge the Sarawak Government to take responsibility for our education system, policy and syllabus, instead of following the dictates of the federal Education Ministry.

Baru Bian
N81 Ba’ Kelalan


Friday, June 17, 2016

BARU BIAN: ADMISSION BY KELANTAN DEPUTY MB ON PAS BILL SHOULD RING WARNING BELLS


PRESS STATEMENT
16 June 2016

The admission by the Kelantan Deputy MB that the PAS Shariah Bill is to ‘control the Shariah courts’ in the whole country, and not just Kelantan, should ring warning bells for lawmakers and Malaysians who are concerned about protecting the Federal Constitution.

The Bill seeks to amend the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 in such a way that the Shariah Courts would appear to have unlimited power to impose all other hudud punishments except for the death penalty, as pointed out by the president of the Malaysia Bar, Steven Thiru.

BN minister Nazri Aziz’s explanation for UMNO’s decision to support the Bill, ie due to the increase of religious offences in Kelantan, has been discredited by the Kelantan MB and his deputy, and we await another explanation from other UMNO leaders with bated breath.

On our part, we have stated our stand very clearly, that hudud is not suitable or appropriate in Malaysia, it being unconstitutional and discriminatory. This Bill by PAS, if passed, will surely encourage them to push for hudud law in Malaysia.

I urge all Sarawak MPs to stand firm in voting against the Bill. We must be vigilant in protecting the social contract between the many races of Malaysians that is reflected in the Federal Constitution. The Chief Minister had said that the state government would take all necessary steps to safeguard the state’s rights and interests as one of the founding members of the Federation of Malaysia. I hope all Sarawakian MPs will speak as one voice against the Bill to ensure that the social contract, which our founding fathers agreed, to is upheld for the sake of our country’s unity and harmony.

Baru Bian
N 81 Ba’ Kelalan



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Questions raised over govt’s reply on civil service employment


KUCHING: State lawmakers and community leaders welcome the efforts of the government to defend its appointment and promotion of officers in the Civil Service.

However, most believe that the government is avoiding to give a transparent report of the actual situation by diverting attention to employment in other sectors such as government-linked companies, local government and statutory bodies as delivered by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah in his ministerial winding-up speech at the State Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

Uggah also delved into the employment situation in the private sector to justify the glaring uneven racial composition of the state civil service.

“We never questioned the private sector composition and recruitment practices. If we include the private sector recruitment and employment components, the picture will be greatly different. To look at the public sector component only is not a complete representation of employment in the state,” said Uggah Chong Chieng Jen, state DAP chairman, said the state government has no intention to make right the ‘lop-sided racial composition of civil service’.

The Bandar Kuching MP said this was despite Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing openly saying two weeks ago that ‘It’s time to make amends’.

He noted that the racial composition of the management and executive level of the state civil service was exposed two weeks ago in the May 28 issue of The Borneo Post, that among the total 1,478 state civil servants, Malays constituted 54 per cent while Dayaks constituted 28 per cent and Chinese 17 per cent.

Chong, who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman, further noted that the racial imbalance was even more starkly obvious when it came to the top posts – the Jusa grade – where Malays constituted 65 per cent while Dayaks and Chinese each constitute 17 per cent.

He said immediately after this figure was exposed in The Borneo Post, Masing jumped up to comment and said that ‘it’s time to make amends’ so that the racial composition of the State Civil Service could be more balanced and representative of the racial composition of the Sarawak population which was 29.8 per cent Malay/ Melanau, 45.3 per cent Dayak and 24 per cent Chinese.
“(However), Yesterday (Wednesday), in DUN, DCM  Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, while answering this issue raised by me, claimed that ‘all is well’.

“Douglas Uggah even used the argument of the racial composition of the private sector to justify such racial imbalance in the State Civil Service. Has Douglas Uggah been in Peninsular Malaysia for far too long that he is now thinking like an Umno minister?

“Such ridiculous answer and reasoning has always been the standard reply of an Umno minister who is trying to justify the lop-sided racial composition in the government civil service.”

Chong said employment and recruitment in the private sector is a matter of private affair whereas employment and recruitment in government civil service is a public policy matter, adding that private sector employment is financed by private funds whereas government employment is financed by public funds.

“As elected representatives and ministers, we discuss and formulate public policies on government employment and recruitment policies. Don’t mix the two up and try to justify the government’s unfair policies.

“Under the present racial composition, not only is the Chinese community under-represented in the government civil service but the Dayaks are also grossly under-represented.”

He said with the answer given by Uggah, it seemed that the state government would continue with such policy of racially biased nature.

“It is regrettable also that James Masing, who was the most vocal one in newspapers against such lop-sided racial composition in state civil service, was sitting just next to Douglas Uggah when the latter was making the ridiculous statement in DUN, yet James Masing just sat quietly there.”

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How suggested instead of being an apologist, Uggah should look into the general public contention and vilification towards the appointment and promotion of officers in the public service.

See said this was to ensure that the Sarawak state public sector is of the highest quality, most efficient and effective to serve the best interest of our state.

“The Federal Constitution, particularly Articles 153 and 161A, and the corresponding Article 39 of the Sarawak State Constitution have made provisions for positive discrimination and preferential treatment to safeguard the special position of the indigenous and native communities in Sarawak.

“Sarawak is probably the only plural nation-state in the world which has shown, through its past and contemporary history, that all the people can meet and live in its true spirits, and will stand together to defend those constitutional safeguards,” he said yesterday.

See was commenting on Uggah’s statement during his winding-up speech in the DUN on Wednesday that the government would address the issue on employment opportunities in the public and private sectors.

He said Uggah implied that the representation of the employment should also be read together with the situation in the private sector.

“We never questioned the private sector composition and recruitment practices. If we include the private sector recruitment and employment components, the picture will be greatly different. To look at the public sector component only is not a complete representation of employment in the state,” stressed Uggah.

See, who is state PKR vice chairman, said the deputy chief minister was not quite correct in using the figures in the ‘Sarawak Public Sector’ to dispute the analytical article by The Borneo Post which questioned the composition and racial representation in the management and professional group of the Sarawak Civil Service.

In the four sectors namely the Sarawak Civil Service, local government, statutory bodies and government linked companies said to constitute the ‘Sarawak Public Sector’, he said the authority on recruitment and promotion in the statutory bodies and government-linked companies does not lie with the Public Service Commission (PSC).

“Including those in the ‘local government’ sector, many of the employees and especially those in the ‘management and professional group’ are actually on contracts of employment and are not the same as those in the state civil service.”

See said it was therefore misleading to refer to all four sectors to show that there are 1,521 Malay/Melanau, 1,023 Dayak and 1,162 Chinese in the ‘management and professional group’ and that they respectively constitute 11 per cent, 10 per cent and 28 per cent of the ‘Sarawak Public Sector’, without saying how many of these ‘public servants’ of the respective groups are actually on contracts of employment.

“The deputy chief minister is risking himself to be accused of his racist undertone in singling out the lesser number of Chinese but that comparatively higher percentage of 28 per cent of them are in the ‘management and professional group’.

“It in fact only corroborates the public perception of the huge disparity in racial composition and representation in the public sector, as highlighted by The Borneo Post, that there are 13,827 ethnic Malay/Melanau (49 per cent), 10,230 Dayak (36 per cent) and 4,150 Chinese (14 per cent) in the Sarawak Public Sector with the fact that most of the ethnic Chinese in the management and professional group are on contracts of employment.

“It is also clear and obvious that the ethnic Dayaks are comparatively under-represented in the management and professional group or the public sector as a whole.”

Be that as it may, he said it was right for Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem who is heading the state committee on employment in the various sectors to look into the various issues including the right ethnic composition in the public sector with a view to ensure that “we will have the best state public sector in the country which can deliver the most efficient and effective service to serve the best interest of our state”.

Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association (SDGA) president Dr Dusit Jaul urged the state government to focus on the original issue – that is the recruitment in the public sector, instead of covering the track by bringing the private sector into the picture.

“In general, the original issue is the recruitment in public sector. Don’t blur the picture by bringing in the private sector into it. I’m sure the private sector have their policy and procedure.

“Just focus on the original issue (that is) lopsided representation and tackle it to the satisfaction of all stakeholders where you must apply the element of inclusiveness and fairness because inclusiveness and fairness have been the cornerstone of our government policy.”

Dusit said nowadays, the government could not hide facts from the people especially the younger generation as they were more discerning.

“The feedback from the Dayak community is that there is a high expectation on our two Dayak deputy chief ministers (Masing and Uggah) to address this issue.”

Chung Hua Middle School No. 1, 3 and 4 board of management chairman Richard Wee said the response from Uggah on this issue was most welcoming and hoped that the committee set up to address this issue would look into the details of the ratio of the civil service from the different races to reflect the composition of the races in Sarawak.

“We also hope that there is a transparent system and procedure for the recruitment and promotion process for our civil service. That way, it will encourage our younger generations to consider joining the civil service and hopefully it will become the first choice for their career path and provide a healthy competition with the private sector.

“A fair and transparent system will give a positive signal to all communities and hopefully will instil confidence in our youths in our civil service that fair evaluation and meritocracy will be the measurement for recruitment and promotion for all races.”

In welcoming the positive approach taken by the state government, Wee hoped that the committee would come up with proper guidelines for the future of the younger generations and have a fair and transparent implementation of the new guidelines and policies.

Claiming RM26.6b in a 'court' that is not a court

 KiniGuide     Published     Updated


KINIGUIDE | Frustrated with 1MDB and the Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MoF Inc), Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) and its subsidiary Aabar Investments PJS (Aabar) have taken the two to ‘court’.

IPIC and Aabar want their dispute with 1MDB and MoF Inc to be arbitrated by the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).

It is claiming about US$6.5 billion (RM26.6 billion) from the Malaysians.

In this instalment of KiniGuide, we explore the dispute between the four parties, and the LCIA which is arbitrating the dispute.

What is the LCIA?
Despite its name, it is not a proper court in the usual sense. Instead, it describes itself as a not-for-profit company offering administrative services.

LCIA was founded in London in 1986, although its roots date back nearly a century earlier. It is used as an alternative to conventional courts in settling commercial disputes, with either one or three arbitrators presiding over each dispute depending on what the disputing parties can agree on.

Does that mean that the dispute will be heard in London?
Perhaps. London is the default option, but it is not the only one.
 
Article 16 of the LCIA arbitration rules allows parties to a dispute to decide the venue of the hearings before an arbitral tribunal is formed.

Once it is formed, the tribunal may decide to hear the case at any place that it deems convenient.

Cool. Can I attend the hearings?
No, the proceedings are confidential. In addition to barring members of the public (including the media) from attending the proceedings, the LCIA also doesn’t publish details of the proceedings even after its conclusion.

“Confidentiality is still generally regarded as one of the primary underpinnings of arbitration. Nobody who is not a proper party to an arbitration, or a legal representative of a party, may obtain information about pending or completed arbitrations from the LCIA.

“Our response to any such request will be that we cannot comment, irrespective of whether we have any knowledge of the matter about which we are being asked,” the LCIA says on its website.

Who can use LCIA’s services?
Just about anyone with a contractual dispute – provided that they can afford it.

A contract may specify that LCIA rules are to be used as the method for settling disputes. In this case, the LCIA would have jurisdiction once any party submits a request for arbitration to the LCIA.

In the absence of such a clause, disputing parties may still mutually consent to having their dispute settled by LCIA’s arbitrators. If there is no consensus, however, the LCIA won’t step in.

The former appears to be the case in IPIC and Aabar’s dispute against 1MDB and MoF Inc.

IPIC’s announcement of its request for arbitration makes reference to a binding term sheet (a type of contract) between the disputing parties, and alluded that it contains provisions on settling disputes that involve the LCIA.

“The claim (for US$6.5 billion) will be determined by an arbitral tribunal that will comprise of three arbitrators in accordance with the binding term sheet and the LCIA rules,” said IPIC.

How much does it cost?
Quite a lot. IPIC and Aabar would have paid £1,750 (RM10,167) just to file the case to the LCIA. Once the tribunal starts, each member of the tribunal’s secretariat charges a set hourly rate that is listed on LCIA’s schedule of fees.

There is no set fee for the tribunal members, and this may vary on a case-by-case basis. However, it may not exceed £450 (RM2,614) per hour. The members may charge for their time spent travelling, however. All charges are subject to UK’s 20 percent value added tax (VAT).

According to LCIA, the average arbitrators’ fees and institutional costs incurred over the course of an arbitration is US$192,000 (RM787,209). The median is at a more modest figure of US$99,000 (RM405,904). This suggests that the average figure is skewed higher by a relatively small number of very expensive cases.

However, LCIA said the cost of these two items only make up about 20 percent of all costs incurred in an arbitration.

How long do proceedings last?
The average time for a three-member panel to decide a case is 21 months, starting from the submission of the request for arbitration. The median time is 19 months. The time is shorter for arbitrations that are presided by only one arbitrator.

However, there is no independent verification of LCIA’s cost and length of time analysis, which is crucial given that it has a vested interest in downplaying these figures and present itself as a cost and time-efficient way to settle disputes.

Who presides over LCIA arbitrations?
The arbitrators are selected from a database of persons who have expressed interest in being arbitrators, all of whom presumably have legal training. The database is maintained by the LCIA, and is not open to public.

The exact selection process varies depending on how the disputing parties want to resolve their dispute, including whether they want to be involved in the selection process such as by nominating potential arbitrators. However, the final decision rests with the LCIA.

The LCIA arbitration rules stipulate that arbitrators should not have a vested interest in the case, and should not be of the same nationality as the disputing parties (including nationalities of their controlling shareholders), unless the parties agree otherwise.

What can the LCIA do?
The LCIA’s arbitration tribunal may make decisions on awards, including interim awards before a final decision is made.

Its decisions are final and legally binding, and parties have to agree to waive their right to appeal the decision in any court of law.

Since LCIA is not a court, why bother abiding with its orders?
According to the LCIA, while the panel’s decisions are not enforceable, the mediation process is likely to be part of a contract, and its breach is a matter that can be pursued in a court of law.

What’s the IPIC-1MDB dispute about?
In May last year, an international consortium of six banks led by Deutsche Bank began demanding 1MDB to repay its debts early. The loan amounting to US$975 million (RM3.57 billion) was originally due in September that year, but the banks reportedly had concerns about 1MDB's ability to repay it.
On May 29, Second Finance Minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah announced that IPIC and Aabar had stepped in to resolve the matter. The details of the deal are subsequently laid out in IPIC’s announcement on the London Stock Exchange dated June 10, 2015.

It says that IPIC and Aabar had entered a binding term sheet on May 28, which was a day before Ahmad Husni’s announcement. As part of the deal, IPIC would provide 1MDB US$1 billion in cash to settle the debt on June 4, and would also assume the obligation to pay interests for two 1MDB loans, amounting to US$3.5 billion.

In turn, IPIC is to receive transfers in assets by June 30 this year, after which it would assume liability for all payment obligations under the two loans, and forgive certain 1MDB financial obligations to IPIC.

The value of assets to be transferred was undisclosed, but it represents the sum of the cash payment, payment obligations under the two loans, and 1MDB’s debts to IPIC.

IPIC is a co-guarantor of the two loans even prior to the binding term sheet being signed. Aabar has investments in some of 1MDB’s properties and assets.

How did the dispute arise?
A year later, on April 18, 2016 IPIC claimed that 1MDB and MoF Inc had not met some of its payment and other obligations under the binding term sheet.

It did not elaborate on what obligations were not met, except that it included a payment of US$1.1 billion plus interest.

In view of this, IPIC started refusing to pay interests on 1MDB loans, with the first one due on April 28, leading to default.

1MDB said it has sufficient money to service the debts, but insisted that IPIC should pay because 1MDB had held up its end of the bargain.

Eventually, IPIC relented and paid the interest, but said it would demand compensation from 1MDB and MoF Inc, with interest.

All told, as of May 11, it said 1MDB and the government owed US$1.21 billion – plus interest – pursuant to the binding term sheet.

A report by The Straits Times also quoted unnamed Malaysian officials as saying that the dispute also has to do with a 2012 transaction of US$3.54 billion.
 
The money was supposed to go from 1MDB to IPIC, but it instead went to Aabar Investments PJS Ltd in the British Virgin Islands. Despite similar names, IPIC said this is not one of its subsidiaries and it did not receive the money.
How did the US$6.5 billion figure come about?
Without a copy of IPIC’s request for arbitration – and since none of the disputing parties has disclosed the exact nature of the dispute – one can only guess.

Assuming that The Straits Times’ report is correct, and that IPIC is attempting to recover both the arears under the binding term sheet and the 2012 transaction, the total comes to about US$4.75 billion.

Perhaps the US$6.5 billion includes interest of the 2012 transaction?
If that is the case, it would imply an interest rate of more than 10 percent per annum, which is rather high considering that the interest rate for the two loans are no more than 5.99 percent per annum.

This KiniGuide is compiled by Koh Jun Lin.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Hadi’s hadd - human conduct versus behaviour

Malaysiakini

 KJ John     Published

In my last column, I argued that Hadi’s hadd bill is problematic because of maliciousness and the deceptive way it was tabled/not tabled yet. Even Marina Mahathir’s column on the subject was rejected by The Star.

The federal government’s executive authority, namely the cabinet of ministers, allowed the tabling the Hadd Bill without due process and adequate consensus building within the cabinet.

From the post-cabinet noise and objections by MCA, MIC and Gerakan, obviously the PM’s approval of this bill being tabled was not based on a consensus. The PDBS president rejected it completely and the CM of Sarawak has now said a flat ‘No’. They both warned about a reaction from Sabah and Sarawakian communities and parties.

This part 2 of my column will argue that the bill is unconstitutional and a backdoor way to sneaking a redefinition of hudud; without good and correct due consensus-building process if they are honest and sincere, and not just playing politics. It is a backdoor creep of state-enacted Islamic laws.

I have warned already warned elsewhere about the dangers of such a deceptive and backdoor way of negotiating for real change. Please refer to my FMT opinion piece if interested.

Our federation is alive

The Federation of Malaysia is a legal entity in the international community of nation-states. It has a life of its own outside the leadership and all its other constituent members of Malaysia. It has history, geography and is not simply defined by politics alone. Life was breathed into the federation when the original four constituent states agreed and signed to form the federation. Singapore left subsequently.

We are a member of the United Nations and therefore have responsibilities and obligations under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the UN and all Malaysian constituent communities. This deal was signed and ratified by over 160 nation states after the two world wars. All of us do understand that dark history of the world and the past.

We are also a community because we share common social and moral set of rules which define those values of the constitution of the federation in 1963. They were put on record in the Rukunegara of Malaysia in 1970. These were all negotiated and agreed towards the formation of Malaysia. Even our royal households agreed. We have to honour all of them today, if we want to sustain the unity agenda of that Rukunegara.

Therefore we are a nation-state and citizenry with equal human rights, as any other nations or peoples on earth within the framework of the UN. For that matter, the UN even moderated Sabah and Sarawak electing to form Malaysia, after their independence from Britain. They now have their own independence celebrations, as it should be. Their Merdeka and the Malayan Merdeka are fundamentally different.

Consequently, Professor Emeritus Shad Saleem Farouqi has called his collation of columns on the Federal Constitution: Document of Destiny. We should all study and understand that document. But my honest fear is that neither the cabinet ministers nor legislators who agreed with the tabling of Hadi’s hadd bill have either studied or understood the full implications of the nature and structure of our sacred document.

Politics is secular, never sacred

The Federal Constitution, our document of destiny, declares itself ‘supreme’. Supremacy of the written word is not hard to understand and accept. Only non-rational but totally emotional persons who have weak faith boundaries cannot understand and appreciate this concept of ‘secular’.

Therefore, allow me to use the language of my teacher of rationality and the methods of science. He uses set theory from mathematics to define ‘the set as the sacred’. God Almighty is the Sacred. Then the definition of secular as a subset becomes easier to comprehend and agree with. It becomes a smaller part of the sacred wherein the beholders have the freedom to not believe also.

Therefore the hadd limit in this sphere of the secular is the agreed non-use of religion or specific religious values to define truths about life. We also agree to use rational forms of agreeable dialogue and sometimes also agreeing to disagree; agreeably. That was the spirit of our Rukunegara.

Within such politics of engagement within the secular space, logic is accepted but abuse of religion is rejected for the sake of being inclusive about multi-dimensional truths that do not require specific and dictated faith beliefs. These seek to define good values and shared morality.

Such values of morality are generalised extensions of the particular faith limits of belief, but can also accommodate non-belief or unbelief. Usually those values exist from religious or faith-based codes or doctrines based on personalised ‘I-Belief statements’; which are never irrational but always beyond reason.

Human and social conduct

The only race in the world is the human race; and the only other of TV fame called the ‘Amazing Race’. Most people often confuse race with ethnicity and human conduct with animal behaviour. Therefore, most of our theories about human nature and our subjective views about them were never a serious subject that many of us may have considered or studied.

Any voluntary human conduct is actually based on both; our theories about animal behaviour and the full nature of humans. Such theories distinguish and differentiate human intentions from animal behaviour as innate animal conditioned behaviour. As humans, we must know the full difference; otherwise we, too, adopt animal behaviour and make choices to behave like them.

Within cultures, this value and view about the difference between animal behaviour and human choice-making, is the basis of all human community development theories. While animals can behave in hordes, and sometimes almost human-like conduct; they are never a community as in human societies.

Human and social conduct based on free will and choice is always human, and separates us from the animal kingdom. Worldwide, even in societies that practiced cannibalism, that practice is now only history.

Unity in human life, while accepting and appreciating differences is the greatest challenge of all modern life and living. Every society is today challenged by underappreciation of ethnic and faith-based differences. Therefore, we in Malaysia have a golden chance to make and do things right, good, and true for the world to see. My prayer is that we will not screw up that universal spotlight of opportunity.

KJ JOHN, PhD, was in public service for 32 years having served as a researcher, trainer, and policy adviser to the International Trade and Industry Ministry and the National IT Council (NITC) of the government of Malaysia. The views expressed here are his personal views and not those of any institution he is involved with. Write to him at kjjohn@ohmsi.net with any feedback or views.

Read more: https://www.malaysiakini.com/columns/345149#ixzz4BXHkKCoH

Hadi’s hadd - undemocratic and malicious

Malaysiakini
KJ John     Published

I am a Malaysian citizen with two forms of citizenship certificates. Therefore, I am no ‘pendatang’ and no second class citizen, by any definition. I have all the human rights and courtesies agreed to and approved by the UN Declaration of Human Rights. That right is not just universal but also supreme in Malaysia as defined by the constitution of the Federation of Malaysia.

That right defines my ability to move within the rest of Malaysia, and all other legitimate human freedoms traditionally recognised by all societies. That right also defines my freedom of faith, freedom of residence, and all other guaranteed freedoms; including the right to be heard and understood about my concerns about all aspects of poor and incompetent governance of this nation-state. I served faithfully in the Malaysian Public Service for 32 years.

Therefore, I find it amusing at best, that so many Malay Muslims demonstrate their ignorance about human rights of every citizen. Ignorance is the most dangerous feature of modern inconvenience. It is an inconvenient truth about an operational versus strategic view of rights and privileges.
Malay Malaysians can choose to give up their rights about faith matters; I will never agree to this or do so. It is a fundamental truth matter of human dignity and each of our destinies.

Flawed logic repeated

Therefore, I find the deputy prime minister and Umno vice-president’s misinformed and irrational view as shocking. He appears to simply read out speeches without appreciating and understanding its content within our context. He said that the Hadi’s Hadd Bill when finally approved will not affect non-Muslims.

The proponents of the bill on the other hand say that the BN was also consulted. But three major BN partners have made it obvious that they were not consulted. Someone is lying, but who?

I attended a series of talks by Professor Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim, a Sudanese Professor of Law from Emory University, and a recent visitor to Malaysia. He spoke on many topics related to Islam and Democracy. I agree with most of his Islamic worldview positions and teachings about Islam, democracy, and meaning of the secular world.

But, I do not think either Umno or PAS followers attended any of his talks or were interested to understand him. They do not rely sufficiently on rationality but instead repeat faith matters either memorised in Arabic or simply as taught to them, without reasoning them through. Let us review what PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang may have in mind.

Hadd - Limit or prohibition: pl. hudud. A punishment fixed in the Quran and hadith for crimes considered to be against the rights of God. The six crimes for which punishments are fixed are theft (amputation of the hand), illicit sexual relations (death by stoning or one hundred lashes), making unproven accusations of illicit sex (eighty lashes), drinking intoxicants (eighty lashes), apostasy (death or banishment), and highway robbery (death).

Strict requirements for evidence (including eyewitnesses) have severely limited the application of hudud penalties. Punishment for all other crimes is left to the discretion of the court; these punishments are called tazir. With the exception of Saudi Arabia, hudud punishments are rarely applied, although recently fundamentalist ideologies have demanded the reintroduction of hudud, especially in Sudan, Iran, and Afghanistan.

The above Oxford Islamic Online definition and clarification starts with the basic doctrine of Hadd. Hudud is plural of Hadd and seeks to limit or prohibit “crimes against the rights of God”.

My question to Hadi of the PAS and BN leadership is why the need for more limits to federal criminal offences? Are our current common criminal codes for all citizens and visitors not good enough? Are Muslims really so exceptional, as questioned by Prof Abullahi of Emory? If so, what, why and how? Where in the Quran does it speak about such exceptionalism of Malay Muslims? I suspect it is only racism and bigotry.

Nonetheless, the content of this column will explore the ideals of Islam and Democracy but premised only upon our Federal Constitution and how the current leadership of Umno (plus PAS’s blind cultural agenda) seek to abuse our Document of Destiny by their rather whimsical and non-rational arguments.

Undemocratic and malicious agenda

I refer to the deputy prime minister’s argument. He argues that the Hadd Bill, as currently tabled and framed under Hadi’s Private Member’s Bill, is only designed to impact Muslims and will not include non-Muslims. Really! How can that be true? Does he really not know that he is lying?

How can that be a right and correct assumption by the deputy prime minister of the country? Does he really understand the meaning and legality of a federation premised upon the different and respective Federal and State Lists?

Moreover, is this ‘Hadi’s hadd’ really needed for the good of all Malaysian citizens in all federal jurisdictions to live under good governance principles? Or, is it simply the reflection of the weaknesses of Malay Muslims in Malaysia? Is that not why Kelantan is already such a good example of alleged poor state governance?

Do we really need to go the way of Brunei, where the sultan is allegedly above God’s Laws, for us to recognise and deliver good and excellent governance? Is not our root problem bribery and corruption of values and little or nothing to do with lack of enforcement of hudud cases? In my view lying and untruth telling is our more serious national problem.

(Parts II and III will be continued in the next few weeks to raise and highlight these issues for full understanding and appreciation of all Malaysians, but only written in English.)

KJ JOHN was in public service for 29 years. The views expressed here are his personal views and not those of any institution he is involved with. Write to him at kjjohn@ohmsi.net with any feedback or views.

BAHAS ALI BIJU, DEWAN UNDANGAN NEGERI SARAWAK, JUN 2016

Tuan Speaker, terima kasih kerana memberi ruang kepada saya untuk turut membahaskan usul penghargaan atas ucapan Tuan Yang Terutama Negeri Sarawak pada pembukaan mesyuarat pertama 8 June 2016 di dewan yang mulia ini. Sebelum saya berucap dengan lebih panjang, terlebih dahulu saya mengucapkan terima kasih kepada rakyat N39 Krian kerana telah memberi mandat dan kepercayaan kepada saya untuk mewakili mereka bagi penggal kedua 5 tahun yang akan datang.
           
Tuan Speaker,

Skim Perkhidmatan Pembantu Pertanian Sarawak.

Merujuk kepada bahas saya di dewan yang mulia ini dalam sidang yang lalu pada April 2015, disini saya ingin sekali lagi mengemukakan masalah yang dihadapi oleh lebih kurang 600 pembantu pertanian di seluruh Sarawak dimana mereka masih belum lagi menerima gaji yang sepatutnya sudah dinaiktaraf jawatan kepada G27 daripada G17 mengikut Pekeliling Perkhidmatan  Bilangan 23 Tahun 2013. 

Tindakan Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak yang menangguhkan tunggakan gaji mereka yang sekian lama adalah amat tidak berpatutan memandangkan pembantu pertanian di semenanjung dan Sabah sudah menerima gaji skim G27 sejak 3 tahun yang lepas. Malahan, pembantu pertanian di Semenanjung dan Sabah akan dinaikkan lagi ke tahap yang lebih tinggi G29 pada bulan depan July 2016, sedangkan di Sarawak mereka masih ditaraf G17. 

Ini bermakna bulan depan kakitangan di Sarawak ketinggalan 2 tangga dibandingkan dengan rakan sejawat mereka di semenanjung. Oleh yang demikian, saya sekali lagi ingin menyeru agar Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak tidak menganak tirikan kakitangan nya sendiri dan dengan secepat mungkin melaraskan tunggakan gaji pembantu pertanian Sarawak selaras dengan rakan-rakan mereka di Semenanjung dan Sabah. 

Saya juga ingin meminta pencerahan sebab-sebab kelewatan kenaikan gaji tersebut. Sampai bilakah mereka menunggu kenaikan dari G17 ke G27 dan seterusnya ke G28 ?
           
Keadaan Infrastruktur dan Peralatan di SMK Saratok

Tuan Speaker, SMK Saratok merupkan salah satu sekolah luar bandar di mana kebanyakan para pelajarnya adalah terdiri daripada golongan bumiputra Iban dengan jumlah pelajar dalam lingkungan 1,000 orang. Di dalam dewan yang mulia ini, saya ingin mengenengahkan masaalah kemudahan infrastruktur dan peralatan yang sedang dihadapi oleh para pelajar dan tenaga pengajar sejak sekian lama. 

Asrama lelaki adalah dalam keadaan yang sangat usang dan perlu diperbaiki dengan segera. Kemudahan pelajar asrama seperti katil dengan lockers adalah sangat teruk sehingga menyebabkan kebanyakan pelajar asrama lelaki tidur di atas pelantar beramai-ramai kerana ketiadaan katil. Lockers tidak mencukupi dan yang ada pun keadaannya sudah rosak teruk dan sangat menyedihkan. 

Dalam masa yang sama, saya juga difahamkan bahawa Kerajaan sudah lama tidak memberikan peruntukkan untuk membeli katil dan lockers untuk pelajar asrama untuk Sekolah tersebut. Kalau dahulu dalam Tahun 70an, 80an dan 90an setiap pelajar asrama ada kemudahan katil dan locker sendiri, akan tetapi sekarang SMK Saratok nampaknya telah bergerak ke belakang. Usaha pihak PIBG membantu memperbaiki katil dan locker secara bergotong-royong amatlah dipuji namun begitu tindakan tersebut masih belum mencukupi. 

Bagi asrama perempuan pula keadaannya penuh sesak dan tidak mencukupi. Blok kelas satu tingkat yang mana sebahagian daripadanya diperbuat daripada kayu sudah reput dan dimakan anai-anai. Jalan untuk berjalan kaki yang menghubungkan kelas dan asrama patutlah disimen dan dibuat bumbung untuk keselesaan pelajar dimusim hujan dan panas. Setakat ini tidak ada jalan berbumbung di SMK Saratok. Jalanraya di kawasan sekolah banyak sudah pecah dan berlubang. 

Makmal Sains perlu dinaiktaraf dan diperbaiki. Bilik guru penuh sesak dan bocor bila hujan. Dewan serbaguna tidak pernah dibina sejak penubuhan sekolah tersebut pada Tahun 1962, menyebabkan semua aktiviti kokurikulum yang perlu menggunakan Dewan terpaksa dijalankan di dewan makan. Sekiranya aktiviti di dalam dewan dijalankan, maka meja dan kerusi terpaksa diangkut keluar dan akan diangkut balik selepas aktiviti tamat.  Pagar sekeliling sekolah tidak lengkap mengakibatkan pelajar dan orang luar sekolah senang keluar-masuk tanpa halangan. Ini menjejaskan keselamatan sekolah dan para pelajar.

Pada amnya, kerajaan telah mengabaikan kemudahan infrastrukur di SMK Saratok. Banyak permohonan bantuan sudah dihantar kepada kerajaan untuk memperbaiki kemudahan di SMK Saratok, tetapi malangya bantuan yang disalurkan amatlah tidak memadai. Rungutan daripada ibubapa dan pihak sekolah selalu didengari. Oleh sebab itu saya menyeru supaya pihak kementerian pelajaran memberikan perhatian khusus dan segera bagi menyelesaikan keadaan infrastukur di SMK Saratok dan membuat lawatan untuk melihat sendiri keadaan sekolah tersebut.

Projek Penanaman Getah Berkelompok

Tuan Speaker, beberapa projek penanaman getah di Krian sedang dijalankan oleh Jabatan Pertanian negeri Sarawak dan usaha begini menerima sambutan yang sangat baik dari penduduk tempatan. Akan tetapi sebahagian daripada projek tersebut mengalami masaalah kelewatan yang amat ketara. 

Projek Penanaman Getah Bukit Lugom sudah bermula lebh 5 tahun yang lalu. Kawasan tersebut sudahpun dibuat “clearing” dimana pokok getah lama ditebang. Tetapi usaha penanaman semula belum lagi bermula. Malahan tidak ada apa-apa aktiviti berlaku seolah-olah sudah ditinggalkan begitu sahaja. Oleh yang demikian, pekebun yang terlibat inginkan pencerahan apakah langkah-langkah yang akan diambil oleh Jabatan Pertanian Sarawak untuk memulihkan semula projek tanaman getah Bukit Lugom? 

Selain daripada itu, saya juga meminta penjelasan akan status terkini projek tanaman getah di kawasan Krangan Rusa, Ibus, Nanga Lempa, Babang dan Mendas.


Pejabat Daerah Kecil Nanga Budu

Tuan Speaker, Pejabat Daerah Kecil Nanga Budu telah beroperasi sejak 6 bulan yang lalu. Rakyat di kawasan Krian Ulu amat berharap agar pejabat berkenaan boleh memudahkan lagi mereka berurusan dengan pihak kerajaan. Namun begitu harapan tersebut cuma tinggal harapan sahaja kerana pejabat tersebut hanya diuruskan oleh seorang pegawai rendah sahaja. Tidak ada apa-apa perkhidmatan yang boleh diberi kepada rakyat sejak 6 bulan lepas kerana kekurangan kakitangan. Oleh yang demikian, saya ingin mencadangkan supaya sekurang-kurangnya seorang SAO dan beberapa pegawai tadbir rendah ditugaskan di Pejabat Daerah Kecil Nanga Budu.


Bekalan Air Terawat

Tuan Speaker, seperti yang telah dimaklumkan oleh Menteri di dewan ini bahawa pembinaan Loji Air Bersih di Kaki Wong telah pun siap hampir 2 tahun yang lepas. Jumlah pengguna air bersih di Saratok bertambah secara mendadak kepada lebi kurang 13,000 biji meter air. Akan tetapi bilangan kakitangan yang menguruskan bekalan air di Saratok masih tidak bertambah. 

Kekurangan tenaga kerja yang digunakan untuk menyelenggarakan loji, tangki, booster pumps, pencatit meter dan pemasangan meter baru telah mengganggu keupayaan pembekalan air kepada pengguna. Maka dengan itu saya ingin menyeru agar  jumlah tenaga kerja ditambahkan secepat mungkin terutama penyambungan meter air baru demi menjaga kesihatan pengguna.

Ada beberapa kawasan di Krian masih lagi menunggu pembinaan paip utama seperti kawasan Mudong yang melibatkan 8 buah rumah panjang dan sebuah sekolah. Di kawasan Brayang dan Kedoh ada 10 buah rumah panjang yang belum disambungkan paip air dan Ulu Sebetan ada 4 buah rumah panjang dan sebuak sekolah rendah. 

Perkara yang anehnya ialah rumah panjang tersebut amatlah berdekatan dengan Loji Air Lichok, tetapi mereka dikemudiankan daripada menerima bekalan air bersih. Maka disini saya meminta pencerahan daripada pihak Kementerian berkenaan akan status perkembangan terkini perancangan pembinaan sistem paip ke kawasan Mudong, Berayang, Kedoh dan Ulu Sebetan.

Penukaran paip lama di Saratok juga masih lagi di dalam proses, oleh sebab itu ramai pengguna yang  ingin tahu status pembinaan projek penukaran paip lama di Saratok.
           

Pampasan Tanah di Kawasan Loji Air Lichok

Tuan Speaker, ada tuan tanah di kawasan Loji Penapisan Air Lichok membuat rungutan bahawa mereka mengalami kerugian kerana tanah dan tanaman mereka ditenggelami air di kawasan takungan. Kawasan yang ditenggelami air sekarang adalah lebih besar daripada yang dirancangkan. Maka saya meminta agar pihak yang terbabit iaitu JKR dan Jabatan Tanah dan Ukur membuat pemeriksaan untuk memastikan tuanpunya tanah mendapat pampasan yang sewajarnya diatas kerugian mereka.

Jalanraya       

Tuan Speaker, kemudahan infrastruktur jalanraya di Krian masih memerlukan usaha penurapan dan menaiktaraf. Beberapa jalanraya di Krian sudah pun diumumkan pembinaan naiktaraf oleh Timbalan Perdana Menteri pada pilihanraya yang lepas. Maka rakyat krian ingin meminta pencerahan akan status perkembangan terkini projek-projek tersebut.

  1. Penurapan Jalan Ulu Krian yang berjumlah RM 15 juta seperti yang diumumkan oleh Timbalan Perdana Menteri pada lawatan beliau ke Rumah Jawie, Awas, pada bulan April 2016.
  2. Penurapan Jalan Kabo-Sg Bangkong yang berjumlah RM 8 juta.
  3. Menaiktaraf Jalan Krangan Rusa-Babang dan membina jambatan merentasi Sg Krian di Krangan Rusa.
  4. Menurap Jalan Bajau-Kupang dan pembinaan Jambatan merentasi Sg Krian yang berjumlah RM 100 juta.

Selain daripada itu, rakyat juga meminta pencerahan akan projek jalanraya dimana permohonan peruntukan kepada kerajaan Persekutuan telah pun dibuat mengikut keterangan yang diucapkan oleh Menteri berkenaan pada sidang dewan yang lepas.
  1. Menaiktaraf Jalan Ulu Awik 13.5km dengan anggaran perbelanjaan RM67.8 juta. 
  2. Menaiktaraf Jalan Ulu Paku/Nanga Alum/Pakan 11.8km dengan anggaran RM88.5 juta.
  3. Menurap Jalan Mudong
  4. Pembinaan Jalanraya ke Rumah Ibi, Nanga Ibus
  5. Mengambilalih dan menaiktaraf Jalan Nanga Drau oleh JKR

Projek Bekalan Elektrik Luar Bandar

Tuan Speaker, pemasangan bekalan elektrik di Krian berjalan memuaskan dimana hanya rumah panjang di kawasan Kabo Ulu dan 2 buah sekolah rendah masih didalam proses penyambungan. Tetapi bagi kawasan Brayang, Rumah Bujang Duat masih lagi belum disambungkan bekalan elektik. Maka saya ingin meminta penjelasan akan status penyambungan bekalan elektrik di kawasan berkenaan?
           
Dengan ini, saya ingin mengakhiri ucapan saya dengan mengucapkan Selamat Gawai Dayak dan Ngiling Bidai kepada yang meraikan Gawai Dayak dan Selamat menyambut bulan ramdhan dan Hari Raya Adilfitri bagi yang berugama Islam.

Ali Biju
N39 Krian
13 Jun 2016